Joli Jewelry was started by Jody Lyons in 1984. Inspired by her love of the styles of the 1920's-1960's and her childhood fascination with her mother's jewelry box, she began designing jewelry for herself while still in college. She was soon "discovered" by local shop owners in the West Village of Manhattan and began creating her jewelry line. Years later she pursued her interest in psychology in graduate school at Columbia in NYC but she returned to jewelry design because her enjoyment in working with color re-took her. Today her jewelry is sold in boutiques, specialty stores and museum shops around the US, Japan, the UK and Europe.
Jody's mission is to share her love and interest in original, old materials with color and texture--reusuing, (wherever possible) what already exists to create modern pieces with a nod to history. The mix of components includes vintage original plastics (like celluloid and Bakelite), old metal findings and chains, French enamels, mother of pearl pieces, glass, buttons, buckles, perfume bottle top crystals, purse openers as well as cultural parts, and semiprecious materials. Today, Jody still designs everything in the line; the small production runs are handmade in our Park Slope, Brooklyn studio.